iceland part two - the midnight sun8/15/2012
Our first day in Iceland was partly spent in Reykjavík and partly on the road. Although there are infinite things to do and see, most people find themselves visiting Þingvellir (national park), Gullfoss and Strokkur at the very least, since they are relatively close to the city. We decided to see them at "night", which in summer is essentially dawn, because the crowds are much too big during the day. We left at 7pm, but stopped at the Laxnes Horse Farm for a few hours before our journey. I had never ridden a horse before so it was quite interesting!
Donald loved his horse named Saga; he pet her mane and let her to eat flowers often. He was quite comfortable handling his horse, as opposed to me, who had far too much trepidation. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the calm moments when we just rode along streams at a slow pace. The scenery was incredible (understatement) and became even more so, as we left for our drive through the roads.
We reached Gullfoss at 10pm. I've seen Niagara Falls before, but this seemed so much more immaculate (there's a person on the bottom-right for scale) perhaps because of the surroundings and because it was empty. Donald and I walked onto an overhanging rock, and got drenched in waterfall mist. It was freezing, so we ran quickly to escape and laughed all the way back. It's our favorite memory of the trip ♥
We rode back on a bus to Reykjavík, and saw the most beautiful earth formations that my eyes will ever see; massive smoke piles from natural springs, volcanoes, and the midnight sun setting. My favorite memories in life often involve car rides, train rides, or any place that I can look out a window, and take in the sights while listening to music. I hadn't listened to Viðrar vel til loftárása by Sigur Rós in years, because it's too moving. It all converged in one car ride and it's safe to say that something changed in me, and in us, after that day x
Sigur Rós - Viðrar vel til loftárása